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I'm writing a book about independent microblogging, and launching a publishing platform called Micro.blog.
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I'm writing a book about independent microblogging, and launching a publishing platform called Micro.blog.
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More about the iPhone app

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Thanks again for your support, everyone! I wanted to post a short video about the iPhone app for Micro.blog, to go into a little more detail than I was able to cover in the main Kickstarter video. I talk over the video below to highlight a few features and explain the thinking behind the choices I've made so far.

Let me know if you have any feedback or questions. I'll send another update next week, with some thoughts on a new feature and goal for the last half of the Kickstarter campaign.

— Manton

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    1. Manton Reece Creator on January 19

      Lee: I posted another comment related to this yesterday in the main comments page on Kickstarter, but essentially all blogging systems will be supported for pulling posts in because it just uses RSS. For posting as shown in the video, I don't have a complete list yet but hope to support more beyond just WordPress. Thanks!

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      Josh Eaton on January 18

      Manton: Great to hear, thanks for clarifying!

    3. Lee Joramo on January 18

      Beyond Wordpress, what other blogging systems will be fully supported at launch? I know that this is largely a question of the blog software supporting the required API's on their end.

    4. Manton Reece Creator on January 18

      Josh: Thanks for the feedback from the WordPress side. I knew that not all themes supported post formats, but didn't realize they had been ignored to some extent. Micro.blog won't actually require the use of post formats, though. I just personally find that they are really useful if you want to mix short and long posts on your blog, since it's easier to customize how they look.

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      Josh Eaton on January 17

      Manton: Using the status post format in WordPress is an interesting choice as post formats have been largely ignored since their introduction in WordPress 3.1, including a Post Format UI concept in 3.6 getting reverted prior to release. Themes must opt-in to support post formats for the UI to appear. I'd love to know if you already have a way around this or are considering other options for selecting WordPress posts for micro.blog. As a WordPress developer, happy to help in any way. Thanks!

    6. Manton Reece Creator on January 14

      Chris: I'd love to see TV apps built. Right now Micro.blog works with a variety of RSS/HTML output from other blogs, but it does very limited normalization internally and doesn't make that available as XML. Thanks for the suggestion. (Also in the worst case, a TV app could strip HTML tags and include any links at the end of the post.)

    7. Chris Adamson on January 14

      For the HTML support of the posts, do you have specific versions or flavors of HTML in mind? I'm hoping you'll do something that's strictly well-formed XML-compliant, because that would allow clients that can parse XML but can't render HTML — like AppleTV and Roku — to support micro.blog.

    8. Manton Reece Creator on January 14

      Shaun: I have a few recommendations, which I will go into much more detail in the Indie Microblogging book. The short answer: use WordPress's "status" post format, and leave the title field on posts blank. Micro.blog does currently do some truncation and can handle cross-posting from any RSS feed.

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      Michael R Johnson on January 14

      Hi Manton, this looks great!

      There's some really nice detail here that helps me visualize how I'll use it once it launches. I'm hoping to use this as a Twitter replacement, and the character count detail you highlighted here will help!

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      Shaun Robinson on January 14

      (I use WordPress BTW)

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      Shaun Robinson on January 14

      Q: I want to get my blog ready for this, does micro.blog use any special post format or anything? How does the character limit work when it's just using RSS, do long posts just get truncated? Is twitter crossposting done by your app/service?

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      Jeremy Cherfas on January 14

      Oh, sorry, I see you replied to Gordon, who had a similar question. I suppose I had better find out whether the two platforms I am thinking of (Known and Grav) have what it takes.

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      Jeremy Cherfas on January 14

      This is looking really fine. You mention WordPress specifically; will the iPhone app post to other platforms too? What do they need to have in place?

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      Eric Trepanier on January 13

      Hi Manton, this is looking really good. I can't wait for the beta.

    15. Manton Reece Creator on January 13

      Tim: Great question, and an area that I want to write more about soon. It depends on the feed right now. The polling in the current prototype is not very aggressive and will be tuned. There are 2 standards that bring a more Twitter-like, real-time experience, and some web sites already support them: rssCloud and WebSub (formerly PubSubHubbub). Micro.blog will work with both and it makes a big difference.

    16. Tim Van Damme on January 13

      Q: How often does the service ping feeds from people's blogs? Would this feel instant like Twitter, or would there be a slight delay?

    17. Manton Reece Creator on January 13

      Derek: Not a full RSS reader replacement, because you can't add arbitrary feeds. I did initially build it with that functionality, but I found it raised questions such as if the author of a feed later wanted to "claim" their feed on Micro.blog. This may evolve based on feedback.

      Pelle: Following lists are stored centrally on Micro.blog. Eventually I hope that this becomes more distributed, but the focus for the first version is on making everything user-friendly. And the RSS feeds can be anywhere.

      Gordon: Yes, RSS will get you most of the way there. If you want to enable posting from the iPhone app, it will support the classic XML-RPC interface, with some special behavior specifically for WordPress like post formats and categories, and the newer Micropub API.

    18. Kai Gradert on January 13

      Looking great. How would Micro.blog work with static site generators like Siteleaf (https://www.siteleaf.com/)?

    19. Gordon Fontenot on January 13

      This looks awesome. You mention support for Wordpress, but will you be able to connect arbitrary blog platforms in addition to wordpress? For example, if I'm running a custom rails app, is there an API my site can conform to so that I can hook up the micro.blog app to my personal blog?

    20. Michael Liberatore on January 13

      Looking great, Manton! The "count-up" consideration for Twitter cross-posting is such a nice detail.

    21. Pelle Wessman on January 13

      Does this mean I can link this to my own site using the Micropub API of my site?

      Also: If I do, where is the subscription/follow list stored? Somewhere at my site, somewhere within the app or somewhere within one of your system? Doesn't really matter to me where it is stored, mostly just curious :)

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      Derek Austin on January 13

      Cool. Could this be an RSS reader replacement(

    23. Mel on January 13

      Looking forward to cross-posting with truncating and linking back. Reminds me of Instagram's early success when it piggy-backed off Twitter doing the same thing.